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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department now accepting applications for 2014 Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants

Dec. 13, 2013

Salem, OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has officially opened the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant cycle for 2014. More than $1.1 million in matching funds is available to support land and water acquisition and/or development and rehabilitation of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Eligible recipients include local and state agencies, cities, counties, ports, parks and recreation districts, and tribes.

Approximately $679,000 will be awarded to local projects; statewide projects will receive about $453,000 total. The grant application, along with instructions, is accessible at www.oregon.gov/oprd/grants/. New users of the online system will need to request an account via oprdgrants.org. A mandatory pre-application letter of intent is due by Friday, January 17, 2014; the application deadline is Friday, March 28, 2014.

Two workshops will be offered in January to assist applicants with navigating the LWCF grant process: one on Wednesday, January 22 from 9 a.m. to noon in Cascade Hall at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, and the other on Thursday, January 23 online from 9 a.m. to noon. Preregistration is required, as space is limited--email Senior Grants Program Coordinator Michele Scalise at michele.scalise@state.or.us in advance to sign up.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established by an Act of Congress in 1964 to support easements on land and water for public enjoyment while protecting natural resources. OPRD administers the program in Oregon, which has provided more than $55 million for recreational areas and facilities in the state.